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2009 Moldova: Evaluation of Fight against Child Trafficking (FACT) Project



Author: Ackermann R

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Background:

The Project “Fight Against Child Trafficking in Moldova”, implemented by Tdh between December 2004 – May 2008, has been financially supported by UNICEF, SDC, OSCE and Tdh. The evaluation was carried out in May 2008. The UNICEF funding ceased in mid-2008 following a policy decision to withdraw from direct involvement in interventions to combat child trafficking. The project continued to run until the end of December 2009 with the support from the other donors.

Purpose/Objective:

The main objective of this evaluation is to assess and report on the: 1) relevance, 2) effectiveness, 3) efficiency, 4) impact and 5) sustainability of the “Fight Against Child Trafficking in Moldova.”

Methodology:

The evaluation is based on a review of numerous documents and interviews with 54 stakeholders in Chisinau and in the raions of Soroca, Ungheni, and Falesti. Funding agencies provided feedback on the draft report.

Findings and Conclusions:

Both components, Community-Based Actions and Transnational Actions, of FACT are making a worthwhile, sustainable contribution to the development of the child protection system in Moldova. Those components are also having a direct impact on the lives of vulnerable children and their families. While the number of children involved has been relatively small, and the pace of progress has been slow, the overall cost has been modest. The long-term approach adopted by Tdh/FACT should enhance the sustainability of CBA.

Recommendations:

UNICEF should ensure that all project proposals meet essential design requirements before committing funds. Tdh/FACT should simplify and update key project documents and rationalize its approach to monitoring. Tdh/FACT and UNICEF should assist the MSPFC and the Ministry of Public Administration to clarify their roles with respect to the establishment of the draft Local Council for the Protection of Child Rights regulation. The capacity of raional administrations to monitor and support the work of local child protection structures should be strengthen, including flexibility in local fund to be used for child protection activities. Tdh, UNICEF and the MSPFC should consider how the CBA intervention model can be scaled up within existing pilot communities and extended to other communities. The MSPFC should review different approaches to child protection in Moldova and disseminate best practices nationwide. All stakeholders should support local actors to fulfill new child protection responsibilities and to implement new models and procedures. Tdh/FACT, together with relevant authorities in Moldova and Russia should focus on unsuccessful and successful reintegration for repatriated children.



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